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Refugees, immigration and asylum seekers … is there a difference?

Emma Buckthal

Come to find out when the League of Women Voters presents a Hot Topic Luncheon with immigration as the topic on Jan. 16 at noon at the Clarion Hotel in Dunkirk.

With so much in the news these days about refugees, immigrants and those seeking asylum, all need to understand the difference between the terms and what each means to the legal status of those seeking refuge in our country. Emma Buckthal from the Erie County Volunteer Law Project will present a basis Immigration 101 in which she will discuss the common misconceptions about immigrants, immigration law and the work that her agency does to help those in need.

Emma Buckthal received her JD summa cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School, and her BA magna cum laude from Alfred University. She joined the Volunteer Lawyers Project full time in fall 2010. Since then, she has focused her legal work on representing immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking before USCIS, EOIR, and ICE. She also serves as the NGO attorney representative on the Western District of New York Human Trafficking Taskforce. Before joining VLP full time, she volunteered at VLP for three years as a student intern, and spent summers at Kalikova & Associates in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and Chadbourne and Parke LLP in New York, New York. She taught English in Taiwan before attending law school.

To make reservations to attend, call or email Mary Croxton at 679-1774 or mcroxton51@gmail.com. Lunch is at a cost of $15 at noon. The presentation is free and will begin at 12:30.

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